One of the UKâs leading climate policy researchers has concluded we need a planned economic contraction if we are to have any chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change. We take a look at some of the links between the credit crunch and the climate crunch with Tim Helweg-Larsen, director of the Public Interest Research Centre and co-author of the âZero Carbon Britainâ & âClimate Safetyâ reports. There's also an appearance by Kevin Anderson (Research Director at the Tyndall Centre) and a live performance of the "Global Meltdown Derby" by Irish poet Grazzy Noel.
* Might a planned or unplanned economic contraction be our best hope of achieving climate safety?
* What does the UK need to do right now to start leading from the front and change the game at the UN talks in Copenhagen later this year?
* Should we be focusing on demand management policies and move to a steady-state economy as soon as possible?
* If so, is carbon rationing our best tool for swift action on climate change?
* When will the UK realize that we have an offshore renewable energy goldmine just waiting for us to tap?
Global Downturn Could Halve Emissions
Eurozone and German GDP falls (The Times, 16 May 2009) http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/economics/article6297015.ece
The Case for Harnessing Renewable Energy - Tim Helweg-Larsen & Tim Holmes (The Ecologist, April 2009)
Public Interest Research Centre
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Shell to Sea
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